Destin Area Amenities
- General Golfing Information
576 Holes, including 5 championship golf courses, within 25 miles on the Emerald Coast. If you stay 14 days and you could play 36 different holes each day. Most of the courses are located along the Choctawhatchee Bay and feature captivating designs by golf champions Fred Couples and Gene Bates. The courses offer miles of manicured fairways with picturesque waterfront views, gorgeous landscaping and intricate bayous.
SCUBA / SNORKELING
- General Diving Information
The Emerald Coast's nickname is the "Caribbean of the North" for our warm waters and incredible fish population. Boat tours from local dive shops, many PADI certified, are very popular. If you are a novice, short-course training for basic certification is possible, so you can be diving during your vacation. Rent equipment or bring your own.
Just because you don't scuba dive doesn't mean you have to miss out on our underwater playground. Snorkeling will let you experience the incredible variety of sea life in shallower water. Almost all of the scuba shops have snorkeling boat trips - or start from shore. The jetties that are located nearby Jetty East are known to have a wide variety of sea life for your viewing pleasure.
- General Fishing Information
Destin is touted as the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village." An offshore shelf dips straight from Destin's East Pass near us to 100-foot depths, making it internationally recognized as the quickest deep-water access on the Gulf. Over 20 species of edible game fish are always in seasonal runs - one being the famous billfish. And - this gets even better - many local restaurants offer 'hook and cook'. You fish, bring them your catch, and they cook it to order for you. You can't get much fresher unless you cook it onboard the boat. If you don't like deep sea fishing, you can fish from shore. The Okaloosa Island Pier is known for catches of cobia, mackerel, and bonito that rival the deep sea catches.
- General Shopping Information
Destin Commons is a dynamic environment with a store lineup with top of the line retailers to reflect the current trends in fashion, home decor, and fun. Destin Commons has a special outdoor children's play area with water fountains and a motorized train.
Silver Sands Outlet Mall, 100+ shops offering upscale stores such as Calvin Klein, Ann Taylor, DKNY, Laura Ashley, Dansk, Lenox, Brooks Brothers, Jones of New York, Bali, and Famous Footwear, to name a few.
- General Dining Information
How to describe the dining on our Emerald Coast...it is easier just to say that whatever you would like to eat, you will find here. We have pizza, sandwiches, fried fish, broiled fish, steak, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Southern, barbecue, greasy spoon, 5-Star, oyster bar, outdoor, indoor, beachside, casual, upscale, German, Southwestern, Cajun, and Italian. The list is endless.